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PMUSICO Posts: 7
7/26/12 12:04 P

I understand how you feel. It is very frustrating..I have been on this almost 4 weeks and gain and lose the same 2lbs over and over. Yesterday, i went on a binge because we had a buffet lunch and dinner and i went crazy...but today i am back on track and surprisingly i only gain 1/2 lb. I ate corn on the cob for only 300 calories and bang the next day i gained 2 lbs. I think it is all about the carbs and starches in the foods we eat.? Anyway, don't give up i am also on 1200 to 1500 and stay always (without binge days which were 2 in the 4 weeks) within it. But, honestly,,i think that is too many calories to lose weight. But, they say no that 1,000 is too low....?????? I don't understand it because if there is no weight lose doesn't that mean too many calories??? ok hang in there. I am still learning how to use the message board. But you can email me at gvna14@yahoo i usualy check my emails every 2 days...I will be glad to write to you....good luck and don't give up. If you don't I won't....stay strong...

FLAB2FAB929 Posts: 9
7/22/12 6:42 P

You're absolutely right. I understand starvation is not the answer, and in no way means am I doing that. Sparkpeople tells me to eat between 1200-1500 calories a day. I just looked back and I keep it very close to that but have noticed that there are a few days I'm getting 1100. I'll try harder to keep it at 1200.

Thanks for letting me vent. I guess I'll keep doing what I'm doing and I'm bound to see changes eventually, even if it isn't as fast as I hoped for. However, I am doing something about it and not giving in and doing nothing. Doing something is always better than doing nothing.

Thanks everyone!

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7/22/12 6:24 P

The first thing I notice at a glance is that you're undereating. There's a lot of days where you're eating close to 1,000 calories! You won't lose faster through starvation, and eating less than Sparkpeople recommends is not going to help you lose faster, either. Quite the contrary! It can actually sabotage your efforts by slowing your metabolism, and make things harder in the long run.

Keep in mind that it took you nine months to put that weight on. At the VERY least, it can take that long or longer to take it off! You need to set a reasonable, attainable goal for your weekly weight loss. At your weight, that's going to be 1 lb (or less) per week. It can also take 6-8 weeks for a healthy lifestyle change to take effect... especially since you're not that far from your goal weight. The closer you are to your goal weight, the slower you will lose. 2 lbs per week is probably not going to be reasonable or safe for you. If you were over 200, yes, but frankly, you're not fat enough to lose that much, that quickly. :) It took you nine months to gain your weight... it will DEFINITELY take more than 40 days to lose it.

Remember that your wedding should be about you; not you fitting a certain size, but you looking good no matter what your size is. You should be getting a dress that fits you... not trying to fit your body into something else.

You will be beautiful even if you're not pre-pregnancy weight. You know why? Because you're going to be a bride who is living the second most-happy day of her life. And I only say second, because you've already had the baby, and I don't have to tell you how that feels. ;)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 7/22/2012 (18:25)
FLAB2FAB929 Posts: 9
7/22/12 4:28 P

Thank you everyone. I guess since I was eating so poorly during my pregnancy and after, that I thought once I started eating healthy and working out again that the weight would fall off. I was shocked that there wasn't much of a difference and that last night I actually weighed the same.

I am NOT breastfeeding anymore. I stopped 1 month ago.

I put my food tracker on public. I already entered dinner in today but I haven't actually had it yet, just planning ahead. I think besides yesterday that I have hit all the calorie intake I need.

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7/22/12 3:19 P


Welcome to Spark People ! Congratulations on your new baby ! How wonderful.

One thing we should ask you is whether or not you are breastfeeding. If you're breastfeeding the little one, you can't be thinking about "dieting" right now. I know you're dying to get rid of the baby weight, but if you should consult your OB/GYN before trying to lose weight if you are breastfeeding. Because of the needs of a breastfeeding mom are very different than those who aren't breastfeeding.

Now, if you're not breastfeeding, have you been logging your food ? While eating right is one component of a healthy lifestyle, it's possible your portions may be larger than you think. Logging your food choices will help teach you portion control.

Also, I blame the media for showcasing how fast celebrity moms bounce back after having a baby. that's just not typical. Most women don't get their bodies back the way that celebrities do. So, don't beat yourself up because you're not losing as fast as you'd like. It took you nine months to gain the weight, it's going to take at least that long to take it off. Not to discourage you. but, weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.

My advice ? Once again, if you're not breastfeeding, try to log your food on a regular basis. And don't starve yourself. drastically cutting your calories will not speed up your weight loss. eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat to lose weight.

Try not to worry ! I know you're frustrated with gaining weight, but you've got to remember that pregnancy does change a woman's body. it's going to take time to lose, but you can lose. think progress, not perfection.

Congratulations on your new addition !!!


Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/22/2012 (15:25)
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7/22/12 2:49 P


congrats ont he new baby and your upcoming wedding! try not to stress too much. with the baby and wedding, that is already added stress. 3 months after your baby was born and you are within 11 pounds of your pre baby weight. that is great!

your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnacy. keep going. keep drinking water, eating lots of fruit and veggies, tracking, etc. results might not be instant, but you will get there. : )

KIERNAN19 Posts: 86
7/22/12 2:10 P

Congrats on your baby and your upcoming wedding! I think the previous post did a great job of summing up the issue from a mathematical perspective! You really are on track! Some thing else to consider is whether or not your body is starting to change in other ways, that may not reflect on the scale? Are you building muscle at the same time as losing fat? Are your clothes starting to fit any differently? I finally got rid of my scale because it never seemed to provide any useful information, and I used it to beat myself up and get discouraged. Keep working at it, drink tons of water, and don't let that scale convince you that your efforts are fruitless!

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7/22/12 1:34 P

Marelle. I'm sorry that you aren't seeing the results you are hoping for. But look at it this way. It is July 10 days you lost 2 whole pounds. That is exactly the amount of weight that it is healthy to lose in such a short amount of time. To me it sounds like you are doing great!

Now I am not saying that you will keep losing at that rate, but it is roughly 40 days until September 1. If you lose 2 pounds every 10 days, you will have lost 8 pounds by then putting you at 133...within sight of your pre-pregnancy weight! By the September 29th (rougly 70 days away) you will have lost 14 pounds putting you at 127!!

Read those numbers again...see? You are doing fine!

If you want to get a little more feedback, you could make your nutritional tracker public. The experts here might have some ideas about tweaking what you are eating.

FLAB2FAB929 Posts: 9
7/22/12 12:03 P

I had a baby exactly 3 months ago. Before I got pregnant with him (and he's my second child) I weighed a healthy 130lbs on my 5'3 frame and was very toned from running and zumba.Since having my baby I have been fighting to get back on track. I make sure to eat the calories, fat, protein and try to eat all the carbs that sparkpeople wants me to. I measure everything and log everything in that I eat. I've been doing my zumba DVD's and Jillian Michaels 6 week 6 pack Abs DVD. I haven't weighed myself in a week. I started this process July 12th and weighed in at 143, last night I got on the scale and weighed--- 143. I cried. I have been doing everything that I thought I needed to be doing. I'm not breastfeeding either so I know it's not that. This morning I got on scale and it read 141.2. I have how the weight fluctuates. I'm getting married September 29th and want to get down to my pre pregnancy weight for my September 1st dress fitting. I don't feel like it's going to happen and I'm bummed and discouraged.

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